November 20, 2014.

When I found out they were continuing the Weird Girls series, I was thrilled! I fell in love with the lore behind the books and wanted more!

 

 

Title: A Cursed Bloodline (A Weird Girls Novel)

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: November 2014

Pages: 342

ASIN: B00KK0PJLK

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

 

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

 

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

 

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have always stood on the outskirts of the paranormal and human communities, part of both worlds but belonging to neither. They created a home for themselves, found love, but something evil was hunting them. They barely survived the last attack. Their relationships have crumbled and struck rock bottom. To save the ones they love, they must make unbearable choices. United, they were unstoppable, but nasty rumors and uncaring acts tore them apart. If they want to survive, they must overcome their distrust and work together or all will be lost.

 

I love the continued lore and paranormal elements in the Weird Girls series. This book was just heartbreaking! Some of the choices they were forced to make would destroy a normal person. The main characters took one hard blow after another, just when you think something will finally work out for them, their world came crashing down again. The book was action packed and riveting. I couldn’t put it down; I had to know what happened next. Like the last book, there were a few things that felt a little off. Aric’s absence in the first half of the book felt wrong. We saw snapshots, but he’s not the full alpha we’re used to seeing. Then we have Celia. Gosh, I adore her character, but she sure took some harsh knocks. I loved that she was vulnerable, but there were times that I wondered why she didn’t try to save herself sooner. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can’t wait to find out what journey these characters will tackle next!

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



November 11, 2014.

Max First Snow 2014I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but winter has decided to make itself known.

 

This is also the hellhounds first snowfall as well.

 

He loved it, though he’s still learning how to navigate the fluffy white stuff when it’s taller than him.

 

Reverse. Reverse. Where’s the reverse in this thing? *snickers*

 

 

 



November 05, 2014.

Clock

I was so excited to get an extra hour of sleep for daylight savings time.

 

Yeah, that didn’t happen. By six a.m., I had been walked all over, stomped on, nibbled, bitten and nearly suffocated when caught trying to hide under the blankets. Then, let’s not forget a head-butt that left me with a welt and a bruise on my forehead and nearly knocked me out cold.

 

Max 9-2014You’ve probably guessed who I’m talking about…the hellhound won. After forty minutes of pretending that I was allowed to sleep in, I finally crawled out of bed.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the dog didn’t have to go to the bathroom, he woke me up twice in the middle of the night for that. No, this was just for his amusement.

 

He was bored.

 

How about you? Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep?

 

(Warning: Don’t be fooled by the innocent picture. He literally bounces off the walls most of the day. This is a picture of him waiting for his daddy to come home from work.)


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October 06, 2014.

Fall -Trees/leavesWhere the heck did the summer go? Before I knew it, fall struck hard and fast!

 

It feels like winter. Even my car says so…I had to scrap off my windows for the second time this year! The news people are already hinting at snow. *brrr* A windy weekend tore down all the colorful leaves (which we only had for a few days), leaving the trees with just a few scraggly green leaves left.

Dog 4 months old -sniffing leavesOf course, dog had to investigate…ever…single…leaf, extending our afternoon walk into infinity.   *sigh*

 

So, are you a sun worshiper or do you enjoy the brisk cold?

 

Me? I definitely prefer the sun, but I do like a brisk day of 60 degrees, too. Just leave the wind-chill and we’ll call it even.  :)

 


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October 05, 2014.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #99.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel) by Shannon Mayer a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. I looked at a few other books, but nothing really caught my attention.

 

I found three cheap reads this week:

 

 

What are you reading?

 



September 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #97.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them. One was just so short that I didn’t bother. Another ended on a cliffhanger. No thanks. I did find two that caught my interest: Her Guardians by Jaimie Roberts & The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

 

I found a cheap read that is getting rave reviews (The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen), and an author that is offering all her backlist for a great price. The first book is even free! I read the first book last year and enjoyed it. Did you read anything interesting lately?

 

 

 



September 06, 2014.

I stumbled across this book by accident, but I found myself curious after reading the blurb. Young Adult + Dystopian + Zombies = a must read for me!

 

 

Title: Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1)

Author: Sarra Cannon

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Dead River Books via NetGalley

Release date: January 2014

Pages: 252

ASBN: B00DSKUMU2

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

 

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

 

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

 

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

 

 

REVIEW:
I’ll start off saying that the opening really threw me. I had to read the blurb again to make sure I had the right story. Nothing made sense (until I read further into the book). So I’m going to start my review where the book begins for me. . .Parrish. She’s the school loner and likes it that way. She sees the world without the tint of trying to conform to peer pressure, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Not to mention she has some kick-ass moves when dealing with school bullies!

 

When the world around her breaks down, she panics, but manages to pull herself together. She forms a bond with a few other survivors, which happens to be the hot kid at school she’s been crushing on for weeks. Together, they work out a plan to find a safe haven. Only, things don’t go right from the start. As their newly discovered powers develop, they must learn to trust one another or become fodder for the zombies.

 

I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each chapter switched off to another character, giving us a little peek into their lives. And for me, it worked. I’m not saying I liked all the characters, but each remained true to themselves. All but the witch. I wasn’t able to connect with her at all. Why did she act evil when she hated herself for it? Then we have the story itself. . .I loved it! The only gripe I had was the span of time seemed to stretch a bit where nothing happened but them trying to survive. I’m not sure I would’ve noticed if it hadn’t been for the ending. . .or should I say the lack of ending. This was not a complete book. It ended on a cliffhanger where we don’t discover what happens to the characters or if they save the world. So very disappointing. While I enjoyed the writing and the story, I won’t be picking up the second book unless I know it will be a complete story. Bummer. . .



September 01, 2014.

The valiant puppy had dMax 8-12-14ecided to defend me against the gurgling monsters he found in the house.

 

The toilet.

 

He’s taken it upon himself to attack the monsters and defeat them by emptying them of all water…twice. It was hard work, he had to crawl inside and get wet, but he managed to save the day.   Yay…  *sigh*

 

Oh, and he has now discovered the shower as well. He attacked the guards (shower curtain) until he could slip by them and crawled right inside the bathtub. I thought I was being smart to turn on the water to scare him out…yeah, not so much. Puppy LOVES water. Now, he wants in the shower all the time. After the third night of waking up at midnight and three a.m. to find puppy has attacked, chewed, and removed all the bottles from the shower (this is not a quiet affair), we’ve resorted to locking him out.

 

We purchased a small pool for him, and the puppy is in love! He jumps right in and sloshes around as he tries to figure out why he’s not able to walk on water. He also discovered that when it rains, there are water puddles that need stomping.

 

The good news is that I no longer qualify as a chew toy…well, not as frequently. I am no longer new, and therefore, boring. Don’t feel sad for me. Puppy does like the noise I make when he nips at me, he just doesn’t draw as much blood anymore. But things are getting better. We can now sit for more than five minutes at a time without having to evade or rescue him. And when he’s really sleepy, he’ll even let us pet him, we just have to be careful that we don’t wake the hellhound or shenanigans will ensure for the next few hours.

 

Now, if I could just get over this cold, all would be well!


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August 19, 2014.

I’ve devoured this series for years, impatiently waiting for each book to be released. Something about the characters and the story keeps me coming back for more. And they have dragons. . .need I say more?

 

Title: Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra)

Author: Michelle Sagara

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (purchased and via NetGalley)

Release date: July 2014

Pages: 496

ISBN-10: 0778317080

ISBN-13: 978-0778317081

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad.

 

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

 

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.

 

And it’s not the only thing.

 

 

REVIEW:
I find myself struggling to write this review. There’s just too much detail to capture to do it justice. In this book, Kaylin continues to work as a Hawk and take magic lessons at night…that is when she’s not getting into trouble. The barrani she recused from West March have been changed by its wild magic. As they attempt to assimilate to the new world, chaos follows in their wake. Their presence awakens a dormant magic that’s both deadly and dangerous. Kaylin and her friends race against time to solve the mystery, but the ancient evil won’t be stopped without a fight.

 

I loved learning more about this world, it’s unique and exciting, and while this book introduced some new elements, the normal freshness seemed missing. There wasn’t really a mystery or murder to solve until late in the book. And while dragons take flight and join the battle, parts of the story were overtaken by too much technical details and repetition. It destroyed the flow and dragged out what should’ve been great action scenes. Unfortunately, I had the same problem with the last book. A good fifty pages or more could’ve been cut without missing anything and created a much stronger book.

 

I adore all the characters, especially Kaylin and Severn, but I’m a romantic at heart and anxiously wait for them to take their relationship to the next level. And become disappointed all over again when nothing happens. Overall, I enjoyed the amazing storytelling and fascinating world. Despite the problems, I’m emotionally invested in these characters, so while I will read the next book, I don’t see myself pre-ordering them anymore.

 

 

Previous books in the series:

 



August 17, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads (she just re-did her site and it looks beautiful): Kindle & Nook Freebies #93.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I passed on more than a few of them because they were just too short. I picked up Chameleon and Beyond Shame.

 

I found some fabulous deals this week. *girly squeal* I’ve been stalking some of these series for a while, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at the chance to pick them up. Look at all the beautiful covers! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?